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  1. Children need Crossing Guards in City of Barrie

    Did you know that the City of Barrie is by far the LARGEST city in Ontario that does not have Crossing Guards in School Zones?
    As one of many concerned parents of school children in elementary school, I am frustrated and discouraged by the lack of a Crossing Guard Program in Barrie, one of the fastest growing cities in Ontario.

    The population of our city is projected to grow by 60,000 in the next ten years (to well over 200,000 people), which means more cars on the roads and more children walking to and from school, crossing major intersections.
    Having…

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    The status of this suggestion has been updated to “Gathering Feedback” (see meaning of forum statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8 ).

    The last time a crossing guard program was considered by the City was 2015/2016. Staff recommended a program in a Staff Report on November 16, 2015 ( https://bit.ly/30Jeuhj ). The Staff Report was referred to the Infrastructure, Investment and Development Services Committee for further consideration.

    The Infrastructure, Investment and Development Services Committee received the Staff Report for information and requested staff report back to Council with the technical warrant criteria for the determination of crossing guards locations ( https://bit.ly/3reCQKL ).

    Staff reported back in a memo on January 4, 2016: https://bit.ly/3FTne3p

    On January 11, 2016, the following motion was approved by Council: “That Staff Report RFP009-15 be received and the implementation of a School Crossing Guard Program be considered by General Committee at such time as a financial partner representing 50% of…

  2. Properly address the void to Arts and Culture in Barrie created by terminating the lease of Georgian College Theatre.

    Recently City of Barrie terminated its lease with Georgian College Theatre, which effectively turned its back on many key performing arts groups in the area. This leaves NO reasonable performance space in Barrie till at least 2025/2026 when Fisher Auditorium redux is anticipated for completion.

    Engage with the key stakeholders, the arts organizations of Barrie, to facilitate a more thoughtful and robust solution.

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    The City of Barrie’s Performing Arts Centre Task Force is asking for feedback to help inform the planning process for a new performance facility in downtown Barrie.

    The Performing Arts Centre Task Force is mandated to report to General Committee by the end of 2021 with a plan to construct a modern performance facility in the city core to replace Georgian Theatre and Fisher Auditorium.

    The survey is available via www.barrie.ca/PerformingArtsCentre until Sunday, October 31.

  3. Snow removal needed on 'cut throughs' from Windsor Crescent and Kennsington Trail to Hewitt's Creek PS

    There are two 'cut throughs' from Windsor Crescent and Kennsington Trail to Hewitt's Creek school that are used by a lot of children and adults each day. During the Winter these were treacherous and my own children slipped and fell many times (especially when it turned to ice). I am not sure why there are barriers up that would prevent the small side street snow plough from clearing this pathway. However, I really feel that this should be cleared by the city as a priority for school access.

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    On May 10, 2021, City Council approved the following motion regarding the investigation of maintenance of pedestrian walkways:

    “That staff in the Operations Department investigate the current interconnected walkway system in the City to address resident safety and accessibility concerns, and the feasibility of facilitating both the summer and winter maintenance to increase pedestrian year-round access and report back to Accessibility Advisory Committee.”

    Learn about the Accessibility Advisory Committee: http://bit.ly/2JpH9JC

    Staff are determining multiple options for consideration. When the report is available, an update will be posted within this forum.

    Related Links:

    • Council & Committees: https://www.barrie.ca/committees
    • Legislative Information Portal: https://barrie.legistar.com

  4. Defund the Barrie Police

    Over the last 30 years we have continuosly taken money from places like education, homelessness and mental health support in order to fund and properly train our police force. Look at what is has gotten us, police are forced to deal with all of these areas now since we have neglected them for so long. We need to re-invest in our education, and especially mental health support and allow the people trained to help, help. This idea of having super police isn't the answer, just look at conviction rates from 1996 until now. Numbers have gone down from almost 90%…

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    Learn more about City services and share what is important to you through the budget allocator tool, open until October 27. In addition to the budget allocator tool, homeowners can also learn how the City invested their 2021 tax dollars with a personalized, estimated receipt that provides a breakdown of how their money was used to fund City and partner services.

    Budget allocator results will be shared with City Council during the 2022 Business Plan & Budget deliberations, which will help provide insight into the public’s priorities. Subject to Council’s discussions, the budget is scheduled to be approved on December 6, 2021.

    To share your feedback through the budget allocator tool or to try the taxpayer receipt, visit www.BuildingBarrie.ca/budget

  5. Holly Community ~ Holly Park; updates, splash pad, skate/bike/scooter park? use the rarely used back parking lot.

    Ive seen similar ideas, however i felt i needed to add to and include my own input.

    south-west barrie needs a splash pad, skate/bike/scooter park (like Lampman lane), and updates/upgrades. Over the past few years residing in the Holly community, Ive noticed on a regular occasion that the rear parking lot is rarely if ever used. This area would be perfect to create this splash pad and skate park.

    As per the rear soccer field (by the play structures). ~ i have a suggestion to add a running track surrounding it (400m?). there is an un-maintained trail surrrounding the rear…

    33 votes
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    Learn more about City services and share what is important to you through the budget allocator tool, open until October 27. In addition to the budget allocator tool, homeowners can also learn how the City invested their 2021 tax dollars with a personalized, estimated receipt that provides a breakdown of how their money was used to fund City and partner services.

    Budget allocator results will be shared with City Council during the 2022 Business Plan & Budget deliberations, which will help provide insight into the public’s priorities. Subject to Council’s discussions, the budget is scheduled to be approved on December 6, 2021.

    To share your feedback through the budget allocator tool or to try the taxpayer receipt, visit www.BuildingBarrie.ca/budget

  6. Stop the police from beating up kids

    The police shouldn't be able to beat kids, or anyone else for that matter, like a dictator. Used to think Canada was better than this but I guess a gang with a badge is the same on either side of the border. Disgusting.

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  7. Have the bus fare payable via Debit/Credit tap as well as change

    Have the bus fare payable via Debit/Credit tap as well as change. Most vending machines have this why don't our buses? Especially useful during the pandemic.

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  8. Close Dunlop Street totally for summer.

    Extending larger patios onto the road giving downtown businesses a chance to recoup some lost revenue.
    When the cottage traffic diverts through Dunlop Street in Summer. Its
    Noisy, Dangerous and the pollution emitted is offputting.

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  9. The City should not approve a "TORONTO" type signage for the Meridian Place park.

    Even if Councillor McCann believes he can raise funds to build it, the City and taxpayers will have to operate and maintain it. The $150,000 estimated it would cost should be put toward arts and culture in the City, where the entire community can become engaged. How about putting it toward the Georgian College Theatre?

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  10. Bus stops equipment.

    There are many bus stops that are not pedestrian friendly. Example the stop 700 at Welington plaza. That stop doesn’t have any pathway to the bus. People have to enter the bus through the newly seeded “green” area. During the rain or snow it is a mess. The problem can be solutioned by placing the appropriate cement boarding platform. There are many bus stops like that around the city, where people have to guess where is bus stop and jump over the mud and dust. I want a better public transportation service in Barrie, so it could be an alternative…

    10 votes
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    The concrete solid landing surface at stop #700 was removed as part of the nearby Anne Street bridge reconstruction; the concrete pad will be reinstalled as part of site rehabilitation.

    Regarding bus stops in general, Transit staff are currently in the process of building a Bus Stop Infrastructure Improvement Plan, in line with the Transit Vision Project. With the service improvements that will come with the Transit Vision Project, extensive bus stop infrastructure improvements will be looked at for all bus stops throughout Barrie.

    Learn more about the Transit Vision Project: https://www.buildingbarrie.ca/transitvision

  11. Ban 3rd suites in back yards

    Investors are building a third suite on many of the smaller homes on the property which is essentially a second smaller one or two bedroom home on the same lot in the backyard. These units were approved by Doug Ford for all of Ontario essentially to provide affordable housing. However, these units are anything but affordable. The increase in population density for an already density high area will put the old infrastructure under stress which affects all current housing in the area. Second suites had been restricted to the "as needed" areas surrounding the college but those restriction have been…

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  12. Increase Transfer Ticket Duration + Seamless Bus Transfer at Downtown Barrie Terminal

    City of Barrie must improve their public bus transit scheduling. A family member is in her late 50s and her commute home can take up to one hour simply to travel from North Barrie to South Barrie.

    It is unreasonable for a daily commute to be this long just traveling within the city. Additionally. a person should not have to pay the bus fare 2 times for one trip. The issue occurs when a north-end bus arrives at the Downtown Barrie Bus Terminal, and the bus heading south departs the platform within the same instant. This prevents passengers from making…

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  13. Better pedestrian access for Barrie South GO

    In Southern Barrie development is happening quickly, and as a result Barrie South GO is/will be seeing a lot more traffic. There is one problem with this: the station has 1 entrance resulting in trips being much more inconvenient, people walking on the tracks, and driving to the station instead resulting in even more pressure on the one entrance creating a choke point that is unsafe for cars, buses, bikes, and pedestrians. With better pedestrian access, the communities popping up around the station will be made more walkable, transit friendly, and take some traffic, how big or small it may…

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  14. Provide a more efficient for people to find a family doctor

    HealthCareConnect works well in Toronto, where there are many doctors available (COVID crisis aside).
    There seems to be a general shortage of doctors in Barrie, and being on a HealthCareConnect waiting list that doesn't move is not very efficient nor does it inspire hope.

    Having an area in the City of Barrie Portal (or other official site) where residents can look for doctors accepting new patients / register for a waiting list directly with that practice might help put the control back into the hands of the residents. Direct contact with the practices accepting patients / working through waiting lists…

    7 votes
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  15. Bring Presto to busses

    The goal of a good transit is to be affordable, frequent and easy to use, none of which are true for Barrie, despite it's size and rapid growth. While our city modernizes and grows, our transit remains antiquated, requiring now for people to buy scratch-off paper cards that easily get destroyed just from keeping in a wallet.

    A presto card will allow riding to be more convenient, allowing for an automatic renewal for monthly passes (no more waiting in line at the beginning of the month) and allows for an auto-loading feature for those who infrequently travel. Barrie also benefits…

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  16. Parking both sides of road

    parking should not be allowed on both sides of street.it makes some streets a 1 lane road and is unsafe because of speed of some cars

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  17. Create a Crokicurl rink.

    A new sport that mixes the idea of crokinole and curling first founded in Manitoba.
    https://www.theforks.com/blog/68/crokicurl-how-to Here are details.

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  18. Implement wheel bins for automated trash, organic and recycling.

    Coming from Quebec, where these bins are used exclusively. It is far more efficient, requiring less manual manipulation of trash,as well as easy to enforce limits on collection. Cleaner, easier storage for residents, and less risk of illegal dumping, or ripped torn bags during collection.

    These are already implemented with great success in several jurisdictions in Ontario, such as Toronto, and coming soon to the rest of simcoe, it only makes sense for Barrie to progress with rest of modern society as it pertains to waste management.

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  19. Dog park in lampman park

    Letita heights is home to MANY dogs and being a dog owner myself I see how many dogs and owners use the closed in baseball diamond as a dog play area... the park is big enough that it could have a fenced in dog park. It's a great location and goes with another post of having more dog parks in the north end

    5 votes
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  20. Restrict on street parking longer than 3 hour

    parking is out control and needs to be controlled lots of cars park for weeks without moving because their owners find the streets better than using their driveway

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